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Materials Available for Genealogical Research at the North Dakota State Archives and Historical Research Library, Bismarck, North Dakota

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Census schedules
1850 Minnesota census includes Pembina County
1850 and 1857 Pembina County
1860, 1870 and 1880 Dakota Territory, all indexed
1885 Dakota Territory, Northern half only, Index on Library web site                    
1890 North Dakota Civil War veterans and widows, not indexed
1900 North Dakota Soundex indes
1910 North Dakota, not indexed
1915 North Dakota, not indexed
1920 North Dakota Soundex indexed
1925 North Dakota, not indexed
Indian Census for North Dakota Reservations 1885-1939, variable indexing

Historical Data Project on Early Settlers in North Dakota

Gathered in the 1930s through personal interviews, are organized by county and by individual name.

Oral History Project

Consists of taped interviews conducted from 1974 trrought 1977.

Naturalization Records

These records document individuals who resided in North Dakota and who became, or applied to become, citizens of the the United States between 1873 and 1952.

Land Office Tract Books

List first entries for public land, Not indexed.  Does not contain homestead files

Note:  Most information on land can be obtained at the  County Register of Deeds Offices in the North Dakota counties

Vital Records

Located at the Division of Vital Records, Department of Health, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505

Has registration and certification of all vital events within the state which lncludes births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages and divorces.

Births and Deaths 1893-1895, 1899 to Present
Copies of [Marriage Records  July 1, 1925 to Present.  County Judge's have the original records.
Divorce transcripts since July 1, 1949

An index to death and marriage records can be found in the State Historical Society of North Dakota reading room.


A large collection of North Dakota newspapers are on microfilm at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.  See the following web page for a list of newspapers on microfilm

County Plat Books and Atlases

Dating from 1884 show land ownership by township.

Pioneer Mothers Project

Contains family histories, biographical materials, obituaries and a few lineage charts,.  Indexed by individual name.

Family Genealogies

Local Histories

Histories on just about all counties in North Dakota.  Not all books are indexed.

Business Directories

Dating from 1884 on microfilm

City Directories

From the larger cities of the state dating from 1879

Telephone Directories

Passenger List

Indexes only.  No passengers lists

Cemetery Lists

Cemetery lists for many of the counties in North Dakota